Tapasya & Surrender in Integral Yoga on 5-10 & 19-24 August 2024
Tapasya & Surrender in Integral Yoga

In Integral Yoga, the two poises of tapasya and surrender contrast and complement each other in a paradoxical way. In fact, they ultimately fit together beautifully. 
As a general rule, grinding personal effort gradually gives way to surrender, but there are subtle variations in this path. Certain practices rely on tapasya and others on surrender. Certain states, like aspiration, source from tapasya but also have their basis in a loving surrender. Both states create space for an endlessly rich, multi-faceted and intensive yoga….


Join this twelve-day programme with twelve different facilitators and unravel the apparent contradiction between these two yogic poises:


To join

From India: Rs. 3,400


From outside India: $50


Zoom joining details will be circulated in the morning of 5th August 




Account: NAMAH, Acc no: 1235498160, Type: Savings, Central Bank of India,

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5th August Divyanshi Chugh Surrender in Action

6th August Dr. Yogesh Mohan Surrender to Heal  

7th August Manoj Pavithran Tapasya & Surrender – the Paradox

8th August Jishnu Guha Tapasya for Surrender

9th August Jayashree Blench Tapasya & Surrender – the Ongoing Sacrifice in Daily Life

10th August Preeti Mahurkar Surrender & Liberation – Breaking Free from the Ego


19th August Dr. Aditi Kaul Surrender & Personal Effort

20th August Dr. Soumitra Basu Tapasya as a Whole-Life Agenda   

21st August Gitanjali Surrender of Tapasya and Tapasya of Surrender 

22nd August Lopa Mukherjee Using Creativity for Sadhana as Part of the Tapasya of Beauty

23rd August Dr. Monica Gulati Groundlessness

24th August Dr. Alok Pandey The Core of Tapasya

Divyanshi Chugh is co-Founder of Purnam Centre for Integrality –  a vibrant community of spiritual seekers across India and the world who aspire to live, "All Life as Yoga". When studying at the University of Oxford she began questioning the fundamentals of systems, science and society. Her search led her to Sri Aurobindo's integral spirituality. In Pondicherry, she found her spiritual home; in Auroville, she found her spiritual workplace, the karmabhumi, where she creates and facilitates transformational learning courses. 


Dr. Yogesh Mohan MD (JIPMER), the Founder of ‘Consciousness as Medicine’,

trained in modern medicine, has a profound understanding of Yogic Psychology and a rich clinical experience using consciousness as therapy. He brings the essence of deeper insights and practices developed over more than 20 years of inner work. Based in Chennai, he is also the CEO of Saveetha Medical College & Hospital.


Manoj Pavithran is an Integral Yoga practitioner and educator. He was drawn to Sri Aurobindo in 1989 and eventually joined Auroville in 1995. A co-Founder of the Purnam Centre for Integrality in Auroville, he offers transformative courses (purnam.auroville.org). His film series, Evolution Fast-forward can be found at www.sopanam.org. He has authored a book, Pilgrims of the Infinite.


Jishnu Guha was born in Kolkata in a family devoted to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, he came in conscious contact with Them when he was 16 and thereafter remained a student of the Science of Living. By training, he is a chartered accountant and he studied Management at the University of Southern California, USA. He used to be actively associated with Sri Aurobindo Center, Los Angeles and offered his time for their monthly newsletter. He considers work as a way of sadhana.


Jayashree Blench joined the Gnostic Centre in Delhi (Haryana) in 1996 and was trained by Ameeta Mehra to facilitate workshops on the writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The next year, she visited Pondicherry and Auroville and this started her journey in Integral Yoga. Moving to the US in 2001, Jayashree trained in Hatha yoga and Ayurveda. She had been a high school teacher in Delhi, but she trained to be a Montessori teacher alongside her practice of yoga. She now immerses herself in the study of Savitri.


Preeti Mahurkar is an accomplished author and life-coach with over 25 years of experience in CSR, training and social work, specialising in Integral human development, NLP and Emotional Intelligence. She guides individuals to unlock their highest potential and conducts spiritual retreats on Integral Yoga and workshops on the art of conscious living. As a visiting faculty member at institutions like Symbiosis College in Pune, Preeti imparts invaluable life-skills training, leaving a lasting impact on her students' personal and professional growth.


Dr. Aditi Kaul is a seeker working towards bringing the perennial wisdom of self-knowledge to psychology and developing ways to facilitate an integral approach towards life. ‘Conscious living is a full-time job’ is her living aspiration. She conducts online courses and workshops based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.


Dr. Soumitra Basu. a consultant psychiatrist based in Kolkata and Pondicherry, who works with Consciousness paradigms in health and psychology. He conducts workshops on personal growth and is a Founder-Editor of NAMAH. He is author of Integral Health and has developed a module of Consciousness-based Psychology with Michael Miovic (USA) with both co-authoring a book with that name, based on the wisdom of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.


Gitanjali is a social entrepreneur and educationist. She is Founder, CEO and Dean of The Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh. Gitanjali has been a student of Sanskrit, Vedas, Upanishads and the Gita in the light of Sri Aurobindo for 35 years and brings her insights in her educational and developmental frameworks. She is a Odissi and Ballet dancer, a black belt in Karate and world champion. She is also a TED speaker, Chevening scholar at Oxford University and Women Transforming India national awardee from the Government of India.


Lopa Mukherjee is a psycho-spiritual counsellor, teacher, workshop facilitator, and writer residing and teaching in Pondicherry. She has conducted workshops and has done presentations on a variety of themes in several organisations, including NAMAH. Her workshops have been on drama therapy, dreamwork, inner journeys and thresholds, emotional intelligence, and so on.


Dr. Monica Gulati is an immunologist by training, who realised that scientific research was not her calling, while studying at the University of Zurich. Cancer made her realise that her truth was the way of the heart. She lives fearlessly through every movement, reading every inner message to meet the challenges of existence. A relentless explorer, she feels graced to be on this inner journey, hand-in-hand with her fellow-travellers.


Dr. Alok Pandey is a medical doctor specialising in psychiatry, practising at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. He has conducted several workshops on diverse subjects in India and abroad and contributed numbers of articles on different subjects in various Indian and International journals. He has authored three books and also edits All India Magazine, a monthly journal of the Sri Aurobindo Society. He is also a Founder-Editor of NAMAH.

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